Eleanor Beardsley http://www.kplu.org en This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest http://www.kplu.org/post/year-avignon-festival-stage-both-plays-and-protest Every July, for one month a year, the southern French city of Avignon becomes a theater. Actors, directors and playwrights converge on the walled, medieval town, where thespians perform in every playhouse, opera house, church and even in the streets. It's all part of the Avignon Theater Festival, which was started in 1947 by renowned French actor and director Jean Vilar.<p>"The main idea is that culture is not only for rich people but for everybody," says dramatist Olivier Py, director of this year's 68th Avignon Festival. "That was quite a change. Mon, 21 Jul 2014 21:40:23 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 17828 at http://www.kplu.org This Year, Avignon Festival Is A Stage For Both Plays And Protest From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy http://www.kplu.org/post/scratch-or-not-french-restaurant-law-stirs-controversy If you go to France this summer, you might notice a new logo in restaurant windows or on menus. It's a simple graphic of a rooftop covering a saucepan, and it's supposed to designate <em>fait maison</em>, or homemade. It's designed to highlight places that make their own dishes rather than bringing in frozen or <a href="http://modernistcuisine.com/2013/01/why-cook-sous-vide/">sous vide</a> — prepared meals cooked in a water bath, sealed in airtight plastic bags and designed to be heated up later.<p>I know, you're thinking, French restaurants don't cook their own food? Mon, 21 Jul 2014 17:55:47 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 17822 at http://www.kplu.org From Scratch Or Not? French Restaurant Law Stirs Controversy A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI http://www.kplu.org/post/cleaner-tour-de-france-kicks-nod-wwi Last year, the Tour de France celebrated its 100th anniversary with a spectacular sound and light show at the Arc de Triomphe during the closing ceremony.<p>It might be hard to duplicate that kind of enthusiasm at this year's Tour, which begins Saturday, especially with competition from the World Cup in Brazil. But the 2014 Tour will be special too, says Matthieu Barberousse, a journalist with <em>L'Equipe</em> sports newspaper.<p>"Tour de France is always a kind of combination between tradition and modernity," Barberousse says. Sat, 05 Jul 2014 18:15:30 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 17585 at http://www.kplu.org A Cleaner Tour De France Kicks Off With A Nod To WWI A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea http://www.kplu.org/post/culture-unchecked-abuse-thrives-ukraine-and-crimea <p>http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F5GeBpZ5VHY</p> Mon, 24 Mar 2014 02:29:42 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 15210 at http://www.kplu.org A Culture Of Unchecked Abuse Thrives In Ukraine And Crimea No Rain On His Parade: Parisian Preserves Art Of Umbrella Repair http://www.kplu.org/post/no-rain-his-parade-parisian-preserves-art-umbrella-repair When an umbrella breaks, most people just throw it away — and pick up another one, from a street vendor or maybe a drugstore.<p>But what if you got it repaired instead? Would you even be able to find someone who could do the work?<p>In Paris, it's still possible, but just barely. What was once a thriving profession has dwindled dramatically. Thu, 09 Jan 2014 18:18:38 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 12415 at http://www.kplu.org No Rain On His Parade: Parisian Preserves Art Of Umbrella Repair Why French Troops Are Intervening In Africa — Again http://www.kplu.org/post/once-again-french-troops-intervene-africa Once again, French television screens are full of images of joyous Africans welcoming French troops.<p>In January, the French military intervened in Mali to help liberate large swaths of the country from radical jihadists. Now, for the second time this year, France has sent troops into an African country to quell violence.<p>Last week, French soldiers went into the Central African Republic to stop sectarian killings. Sun, 15 Dec 2013 18:53:48 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 11720 at http://www.kplu.org Why French Troops Are Intervening In Africa — Again France Rethinks The Sanctity Of Its Day Of Rest http://www.kplu.org/post/france-rethinks-sanctity-its-day-rest There's a fight going on for the soul of France. Since 1906, Sunday has been deemed a collective day of rest in the country, and French law only allows stores to open on Sundays under very specific conditions — for example, if they're in a high tourist area. Sunday work is also tightly controlled.<p>But some people are questioning the sense of such a tradition in a languishing economy and 24/7 world.<p>A giant banner stretched across the opening of home improvement store Bricorama reads: "Open Monday through Saturday. Fri, 08 Nov 2013 21:48:02 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 10940 at http://www.kplu.org France Rethinks The Sanctity Of Its Day Of Rest France sells presidential wines to update palace wine cellar http://www.kplu.org/post/france-sells-presidential-wines-update-palace-wine-cellar Prized Burgundies and <a href="http://www.npr.org/blogs/thesalt/2013/05/06/181684846/with-warming-climes-how-long-will-a-bordeaux-be-a-bordeaux">Bordeaux</a> once served at the presidential palace in France were sold for the first time ever as the wine cellar at Elysee Palace gets an overhaul.<p>Some 1,200 bottles, or 10 percent of the palace wines, went on sale this week at the famous Drouot auction house in downtown Paris. Sun, 02 Jun 2013 05:35:45 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 8968 at http://www.kplu.org France sells presidential wines to update palace wine cellar In France, 'de-baptism' seen as backlash to pedophile scandals http://www.kplu.org/post/france-de-baptism-seen-backlash-pedophile-scandals In France, an elderly man is fighting to make a formal break with the Catholic Church. He's taken the church to court over its refusal to let him nullify his baptism, in a case that could have far-reaching effects.<p><strong> </strong><p>Seventy-one-year-old Rene LeBouvier's parents and his brother are buried in a churchyard in the tiny village of Fleury in northwest France. He himself was baptized in the Romanesque stone church and attended mass here as a boy.<p>LeBouvier says this rural area is still conservative and very Catholic, but nothing like it used to be. Sun, 29 Jan 2012 17:22:29 +0000 Eleanor Beardsley 3961 at http://www.kplu.org In France, 'de-baptism' seen as backlash to pedophile scandals